Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong (R) meets Swedish Minister Ann Linde on September 4 (Photo: voh.com.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City will create optimal conditions for Swedish businesses to seek opportunities for long-term investment and business, Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said.

The municipal official made the statement during his meeting with Swedish Minister for European Affairs and Trade Ann Linde in the city on October 4.

Highlighting the sound relations between the two countries, Chairman Phong said he hopes the current visit to the city by Minister Linde will contribute to increasing the presence of Swedish investors in the city, especially in the fields of Sweden’s strength such as high-tech, environmental pollution treatment and public transport.

He briefed the guest on the city’s socio-economic development, saying HCM City is facing challenges in urban development and calling for the engagement of Sweden’s businesses in addressing the difficulties.

For her part, Minister Linde introduced the strength of Swedish companies accompanying with her in the fields of high-tech, transport infrastructure construction, environmental pollution treatment and education. She noted their desire to do long-term business in HCM City and Vietnam.

According to the Minister, the businesses are willing to share experience and participate in the city’s development process. They also eye on the city’s potential retail market.-VNA